Defend incarcerated workers!

first_imgThese comments were given at a Dec. 10 webinar of the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party.  The theme of tonight’s webinar is “Build class solidarity with incarcerated workers: No walls in the workers’ struggle.”  The PSC wanted to sponsor this webinar on International Human Rights Day –  the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UDHR is a document that supposedly proclaims “the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being –  regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”  Monica Moorehead But as revolutionary activists, we know that these words ring hollow for those living in the belly of the beast, the U.S. — a country built on the legacy of stolen Indigenous lands, slavery, colonialism and wage slavery. We live under a capitalist system that puts profits before people’s needs; where millions of people are disenfranchised because of their nationality, gender identity, gender expression, disabilities, age and/or their social status.  And this is especially true of incarcerated workers, who are super-exploited as slave labor and are super-repressed if they are people of color, women, gender non-conforming, disabled and/or elderly.  Prisoners suffer an even greater social stigma of demonization – that is, being labeled as dangerous, expendable. Therefore, millions are locked away, unseen and unheard, for years, for life – and even executed – whether they committed “crimes” or not.   Just look at all the federal executions that have occurred recently with rapid speed under Trump. Another one took place today and four more are scheduled for January.  But the incarcerated are part of our class, the working class, who are resisting terrible conditions intensified by the COVID-19 crisis, including unemployment, hunger, and evictions. Yes, incarcerated workers, be they in jails, prisons or detention centers, are also organizing and resisting decades of intolerable conditions, including COVID — especially incarcerated workers in Alabama, who are organizing a month-long work stoppage starting Jan. 1.  As someone who was born in Alabama, under the trauma known as segregation, I can only imagine the multiple trauma of modern-day slavery conditions behind these walls, especially as the U.S. Justice Department is suing the Alabama prison system for violating the human rights of prisoners.We will be hearing about this important struggle on the inside and also how our movement on the outside can show solidarity as a movement with them.  We will also be getting an update on the almost four-decades-long struggle to free political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was falsely arrested 39 years ago, on Dec. 9, 1981, and convicted of killing a police officer in July of 1982.  Mumia was sentenced to death row – until he was released into general population in 2011 due to a worldwide movement to save his life. But the struggle continues to free him from a Pennsylvania dungeon – and now Colin Kaepernick has joined this fight. So as we prepare to usher in a new year of struggle and fightback, as we prepare to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the heroic Attica prison rebellion, we say, “Tear down the prison walls and free them all!”  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Shannon airport takes global award

first_imgTwitter SHANNON airport has taken another major step forward having  won a major award at a leading aviation event in Chicago.The prestigious award sees the airport, which only gained its independence in January of last year, go one step further than last year when it was runner-up in the same category.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The World Routes Awards 2014 were presented late on Monday night at a spectacular event at the Field of Museum of Natural History.  The awards are for excellence in marketing by airports globally and are divided into just four categories, based on airport size.  The Awards ceremony was attended by 3,000 delegates, representing 300 airlines, 800 airports and 200 tourism authorities.The event doubled as the Chicago Network Evening and was one of the high points of the three-day annual World Routes gathering of aviation organisations from across the globe.  The three-day event brings together the largest range of airlines, airports, tourism authorities, civil aviation authorities and more from all corners of the world. It is the largest and most prestigious such event, attracting the most senior representatives from a wide variety of organisations who wish to meet, plan and conduct business for new global routes.Speaking from Chicago, Shannon Group plc CEO Neil Pakey said, “Winning the World Routes Awards is an amazing achievement for Shannon, not least so soon after it was made an independent entity.  It’s not just the winning of the award but also the fact that the awards are decided on by the airlines themselves.  Airlines are a key constituent and this shows Shannon is turning a lot more heads now.“It has not been achieved without hard work, however, and there is a lot more of that ahead of us but the World Routes award is outstanding recognition for our team at Shannon. It sends a clear message to them that they are very much on the right track and we continue to remain there.  Also, winning this award is worldwide promotion that we simply could not buy and in front of the key decision makers for airlines across the world.” Facebook Previous articleOpening night: The Royal Picture Show festivalNext articleProspect of new 30-bed unit to alleviate pressure on Limerick A&E Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Expressing delight over the World Routes Award, Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes said,  “A huge amount of work has already gone into turning Shannon around and this award validates that at the highest level. NewsBreaking newsBusinessShannon airport takes global awardBy Bernie English – September 23, 2014 826 Emailcenter_img Advertisement Linkedin “Last year, in our first year as an independent entity, was all about consolidation, stopping the five year decline of passenger numbers and we achieved that.  This year has been about growth and we are looking at a double digit increase in passenger numbers.  The World Routes Award reaffirms what this work has achieved and we intend that there will be no let-up in the momentum.” Print WhatsApplast_img read more

Fianna Fail leader tells party members they will not be let down again

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fianna Fail leader tells party members they will not be let down again WhatsApp Twitter Google+ The Fianna Fáil leader is promising “swift and comprehensive” action against anyone named in the Mahon Tribunal report as having abused their position in office.His comments can be seen as meaning that action will be taken against former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern if the tribunal finds against him.Opening his first Ard Fheis as leader tonight, Mr Martin pledged party supporters will never again be let down by low standards.In his first major speech to the party faithful, Micheál Martin says he understands the anger of members of the party when Fianna Fáil is brought into disrepute by people’s personal behaviour.He says he’s determined that those who belong to and support Fianna Fáil will never again be let down by low standards.He’s promising the strongest ethics rules in Irish politics and anyone who wants to stand for Fianna Fáil in an election will have to go through a new level of transparency.And he says when the final report of the Mahon Tribunal is published the party will act without fear or favour against anyone who is shown to have abused their position in Fianna Fáil or elected office.And that action he says will be swift and comprehensive. Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – March 2, 2012 Previous articleDerry police seek information on woman’s sudden deathNext articleShock as lamb is found hanging from a tree in Letterkenny News Highland WhatsApp Google+center_img Pinterest Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Newsx Adverts Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more